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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Dec 1902

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Had Rough Time.

Hamilton, Ont., Dec. 16th - The schooner A.L. Andrews, which left Charlotte last Thursday, coal-laden, in tow of the steam barge Resolute bound for Deseronto, arrived here yesterday, in a badly disabled condition and after terrible suffering of the crew. Near Kingston the Andrews broke away from the Resolute, and since then the crew have had a terrible fight for their lives, and when she arrived here she had a coating of ice six inches thick, and was almost destitute of anything in the shape of a sail. It will be impossible for her to proceed to Deseronto, and local dealers will take her cargo.

p.2 Ice Yacht Club - election of officers and regatta committee.

Were Frozen In - After being held up for two weeks by adverse winds, in Oswego harbor, the coal fleet for Crawford & Co., were frozen in. Yesterday they were being cut out, in which good work this able-bodied December thaw will cordially assist.



During last night the steamer Glengarry, lying just outside the M.T. company slip at the foot of Queen street, filled with water and sank almost up to the main deck. This morning she was lying on the ground bottom, lying over on her port side.

The accident was not discovered till this morning, when a portion of the crew aboard arose. The steamer's hold had filled very slowly, and she had settled without disturbing those aboard, including Capt. Woods. The mishap was due to an open seacock, through which the water gained admittance. Today a diver was sent down to plug the pipe. Then the work of pumping out the steamer was begun. The Glengarry had most of her Welsh coal cargo unloaded yesterday. About seventy-five tons remained.

To Replace Bannockburn.

In reference to the report sent from Detroit, that the lost S.S. Bannockburn met with a serious mishap two years ago, and, in spite of the insurance adjustors' opinions that she had been badly strained was never docked, Manager Cuttle says that the story is a pure fabrication. The truth of the matter is that the Bannockburn was inspected by Lloyds' surveyor Capt. A. Reed, Montreal, on June 6th, 1901, and she was then classed as A1, and the surveyor added that the steamer was then in perfect condition. Mr. Cuttle characterizes the Detroit item as a cruel slander, the object of which he cannot fathom.

Mr. Cuttle left Montreal last night for New York and departs on Wednesday for Europe by the S.S. Oceanic. Mr. Cuttle's stay on the other side is likely to be in the neighborhood of six or seven weeks and amongst other business to be transacted will be the purchase of another steamship to replace the ill-fated Bannockburn. It is within the possibilities that two new vessels, equal to or exceeding the capacity of the Bannockburn, will be purchased for the company.

Marine Notes.

The tug Thomson was placed on the M.T. company marine railway today.

The steamer Pierrepont went to Brakey's Bay this morning to break a passage through the ice for the steambarge King Ben, which has a cargo of hay for Ogdensburg.

The steamer Advance, of Toronto, which recently brought a cargo of grain to the M.T. company elevator, has been unable to get up the lake, and will winter at Craig's wharf.

M.T. company captains in port do not credit the story that blood was found on the life preserver of the S.S. Bannockburn, picked up on Saturday. It was a bit of red paint, they say.

A telegram from Oswego last evening stated that the five coal-laden vessels for Kingston had not left at all. The schooners Tradewind, Suffel, and Queen of the Lakes are for R. Crawford; the schooner Clara Youell for the Rathbun company, and the schooner Fleetwing for J. Sowards.



Adrift Without Food and Without Help.

Rochester, N.Y., Dec. 15th - Through the bravery of Capt. Gray and his crew, five persons and two dogs were rescued from the John R. Noyes, of Cleveland, Ohio, and landed safely on the shore at Lakeside after one of the most heroic struggles of man for man ever chronicled on the great lakes. The crew had given up all hope of rescue after thirty-six hours without food and without prospect of help.

The crew of the Noyes consisted of Capt. George Donovan, Mate J. Ryan, and his son, J. Ryan, and wife, and George Dremo, all of Oswego. Capt. Donovan of the Noyes is a son of the captain of the George Hall, believed by the rescuers to be lost.

Capt. Donovan reported that his boat, the Noyes, broke away from the steambarge George Hall, which towed him out of Charlotte, Thursday morning, when they were twenty-five miles off Kingston. That was at eight o'clock Saturday morning. They drifted all of Saturday, Saturday night, and Sunday morning brought up off Lakeside, about twenty miles east of Charlotte. They threw out their anchor there, giving it sixty fathoms of chain.

The sea was so high that the chain stove in the side of the boat, and they had to cut it loose and drift in the wind. Sunday morning the waves broke in the cabin windows, and the five were entirely at the mercy of the storm. The weather was freezing cold, and spray froze to everything it touched almost as quickly as it struck it.

It was while they were apparently in their worst straits that they sighted a steamer passing from the eastward toward Charlotte. For a time their hopes were raised, only to be lowered as the steamer passed without seeing them. The forlorn men of the Noyes had no way to signal for help.

Back In Oswego.

Oswego, N.Y., Dec. 16th - After being buffeted about for seventy-two hours by the angry waves of Lake Ontario, the steamer Niko, bound light from Toronto, made the entrance to the harbor last night, but was unable to get to her dock because of the ice that had formed in the river. When Capt. Beggs reached port he had not half a ton of coal in the bunkers. She was covered with ice.

p.8 To Be Towed Across - A despatch from Oswego today states that the five coal-laden schooners, bound for Kingston, would leave this afternoon or tomorrow morning in tow of the steamer Westforth.

The steamer Glengarry will likely be floated by ten o'clock tonight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Dec 1902